Man under “house arrest” kills one, wounds seven in Toronto shopping mall food court
Paul T. writes (June 4):
Big story here in Toronto, as reported by the National Post today. Here is a drawing of the accused. Below is the key part of the article. I have italicized what for me is the punch line:LA replies:
I’ve read two National Post articles now, the one you sent and another one, and neither gives a sense of what the incident actually consisted of, other than a man firing a gun and lots of people running. It’s all vagueness and confusion. Did the shooter aim at one person, and just spray bullets everywhere in the act of shooting at that one person, or was there a gunfight in which bullets were sprayed everywhere, or what? You get the feeling that in Canada it is considered a violation of social manners to describe things directly and clearly.Paul T. replies:
The shooter, Husbands, and his primary intended victim (Ahmed Hassan) belonged to the same gang. It’s not clear what the issues were between them, or whether Husbands knew that Hassan would be in the mall or just came upon him by chance. At any rate, Husbands saw Hassan in the food court and shot him dead. He also shot another young man repeatedly, so that appears to have been by design as well. The four other shooting victims—including the 13-year-old boy, who required brain surgery today—were apparently just collateral damage. I’m not aware that anyone at the scene other than Husbands drew a gun. I have heard that he had been involved in another shooting incident some hours before—I don’t have confirmation on that—but if so, it seems he was determined to make a full day of it. I am, as I said, struck by the fact that Husbands was under house arrest at the time of the shootings—more than one poster on the CBC and National Post websites has said “Nice to know just how effective house arrest is.” The Eaton Centre, by the way, is a truly massive mall and reportedly a tourist attraction, and it was shut down on Sunday while police raked it down for shell casings and other evidence.
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